When I read amazing books (see below for a short list of some of my favorites), I am in awe of the amazing ability to tell a story of each author in such wonderful books. I love a story that makes me weep or sob so hard that I can’t read the words on the page. Or a story that changes me forever. Or a story that makes me jump up and take some action. My favorite are the ones that make me laugh out loud or the ones with a sappy, yet beautiful love story. I also love a story based on real historical events–whether it be a work of fiction or non-fiction.
Such stories make me wonder if it is possible, if there is ANY way ever that I will even come close to publishing something I’ve written that anyone else would want to read. I love to write, so whether anyone read what I write or not, I’m going to keep writing. But I desperately want to write something that moves people the way some of these books have moved me.
But then I read a book that is so awful, I know, not even deep down, that I can write at least that well, if not a WHOLE LOT better!!! I like reading horrible books, too, because then I know there is at least one modicum of an iota chance that not only will I one publish something I’ve written, but that someone might actually read it–and like it!!!
One caveat I want to make clear: not every book that’s on my favorite–or non-favorite list has much of anything to do with grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Every single story that is on either list is because of the amazing–or not–storytelling. I can “forgive” terrible word choices and/or bad grammar, but I can’t forgive awful storytelling.
Some of the best books I’ve ever read:
- With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel (fiction)
- Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne (memoir)
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (historical fiction)
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (fiction)
- Everything written by Gayle Forman (fiction)
- The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling (fiction)
- The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (historical fiction)
- Everything by Alexandre Dumas (historical fiction)
- Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (historical fiction)
- Frankenstein by Mary Wallstonecraft Shelley (fiction)
- My Lady Jane by The Lady Janies (sort-of historical fiction)
*and too many more to list here!!!! These are just some of my favorites.
Some the worst books I’ve ever read:
- Needful Things by Stephen King (fiction)
- The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (fiction)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith (fiction)
- Almost everything by Ernest Hemingway (mostly fiction)
- Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (fiction)
*I simply don’t want to mention any more…ugh!!!